Photos! Tina Fey & More Make a House Call to the Cast of Fun Home

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Fun Home View Comments Fun Home had an open house on April 28! The cast welcomed Mean Girls musical creators Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, Broadway cheerleader Rosie O’Donnell and The Mystery of Love & Sex alums Diane Lane and Gayle Rankin backstage after the show. Check out these photos of Tony nominees Sydney Lucas, Emily Skeggs, Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone and the cast hanging out backstage with their guests, then catch Fun Home at Broadway’s Circle in the Square. Star Files Related Shows Diane Lanelast_img read more

Wantagh Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway in his hometown of Wantagh on Monday evening.Nassau County police said the victim was riding Suzuki southbound when he lost control of the motorcycle, struck the center divider and was ejected between exit 4 and exit 3 shortly before 8 p.m.He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released.last_img read more

The importance of website compliance

first_imgWebsites play a key role as credit unions communicate with both prospective and current members. The website is a virtual front door, the online equivalent to walking into a physical branch.In the same way that a credit union would strive to make sure that all of its promotional and advertising materials in a branch, from posters on the wall to handouts and forms, are fully compliant with all relevant rules and regulations, it needs to make sure that the website is equally aligned.The question a credit union – of any size – needs to be asking itself is this: If a regulator visited our website today, are we 100 percent confident that our credit union would pass the advertising compliance test?When it comes to website compliance, there really aren’t that many compliance rules and regulations that specifically mention websites, but that can be deceiving. All the rules that apply to credit unions’ advertising also apply to their websites.Assessing compliance is especially important when a credit union revamps its website, updating the site’s style and adding the latest information about all the products and services that it offers.Two credit unions that recently redesigned their websites would agree.A $175 million community-based credit union in Pennsylvania, for instance, recently invested in redesigning its website to update content and make it easier to use and more accessible to members. Its final task before unveiling the website was a deep dive into compliance.At the credit union, compliance is the responsibility of several departments, under the general guidance of a director of risk management. That setup highlighted the need for consultation with an outside compliance expert.PolicyWorks reviewed the website thoroughly for compliance risks and responded quickly with a final report indicating any areas that needed polishing.The credit union AVP of Marketing, underscored the value of the review by explaining that “Since we don’t really have a compliance person in-house, there are some things that we just never would have caught.”A Moline, Illinois based credit union with $1.1 billion in assets performed a thorough review of its website, then followed that up with another review about a year later when it launched a new site.Leveraging its ongoing relationship with PolicyWorks, the credit union called on the compliance experts there to thoroughly review the site on both occasions.For any size credit union, regardless of the compliance expertise of its internal staff, it is worthwhile to have an outside analysis performed, to make sure the site is reviewed with the same rigor that a regulator would apply when examining it.For example, there are several key elements that must be on a website to ensure compliance. The elements range from the NCUA official advertising statement or sign – and its size – to proper use of the Equal Housing logo, Regulation Z disclosures, and Truth-in-Savings compliance. To help you review your website, download this handy compliance checklist containing the most common issues found during a website compliance audit. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Adkisson As Compliance Officer, Jennifer assists credit unions with their marketing and website reviews. Her expertise in advertising compliance helps credit unions reach their marketing goals while staying compliant with the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Indonesia running in circles in bid to ratify anti-nuclear weapons treaty

first_imgAdopted on July 7, 2017, the treaty prohibits all activities related to nuclear weapons, including their development, testing, manufacturing, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use and stationing.In Southeast Asia, Thailand was the first nation to sign and ratify the treaty, only a few months after it was adopted. Vietnam ratified it the following year, followed by Laos in 2019.Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said Indonesia was one of the first 50 countries to sign the treaty in 2017, but the ratification itself was still ongoing.“Of course, ratification cannot be done instantly, because it involves many stakeholders and progress is currently a bit constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said on Wednesday. Indonesia is still dragging its feet in the ratification of an international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons that it signed more than three years ago, even as its neighbors have one by one made good on their commitments.Malaysia was the latest to submit its instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on Wednesday, making it the 46th country to pass the treaty into law.Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the country’s ratification brought the international community one step closer to amassing the 50 national endorsements needed to bring the treaty into force, Bernama reports. Read also: Indonesia must ratify nuclear weapons treaty to bolster global effortsForeign Minister Retno Marsudi is expected to participate virtually at the High-Level Meeting on Friday to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which fell on Sept. 26.Muhadi Sugiono, a campaigner for the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), expressed regret that the ratification of the nuclear prohibition treaty had not been made a priority issue in Indonesia’s foreign policy.Muhadi said he did not understand why it was taking so long for Indonesia to ratify the treaty, given its overall feasibility. The treaty, he noted, did not prohibit the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and the military doctrine in Indonesia had never included the use of nuclear weapons in its arsenal – the government has even firmly opposed its use.“If implemented, no industry will be harmed by the prohibition. ICAN’s study suggests that there is only one company [in the country] that is suspected of investing in nuclear power, but it isn’t even producing goods,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “So, there’s virtually no economic impact.”He further suggested that, with ratification, Indonesia would be showing real leadership in establishing a new international order on disarmament.Read also: US discussed holding first nuclear test in decades: ReportSeparately, a member of House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs and defense, Dave Laksono, said the treaty had yet to be discussed at the legislature.“We haven’t had any discussions scheduled. We are waiting for the government to start it,” he told the Post on Wednesday.The Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral cooperation, Febrian A. Ruddyard explained that, before it could table it at the House, the government had to form an inter-ministerial committee, discuss academic input and report to the president, so that an initiator could be appointed.The government has prepared the academic texts to be discussed by the committee, which comprises agencies like the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten), the Defense Ministry, the Research and Technology Ministry and the Indonesian Military.“Besides that, we are now drafting a bill on nuclear security, so at some point of the ratification, we will also have to put this into consideration,” Febrian said.He emphasized that ratification would affect not just the government but the entire country, and that all Indonesians would be legally bound to respect the treaty.“So we have to be careful and proper, both procedurally and in terms of substance, as well as in existing provisions in our national laws. That’s why we don’t want to set an artificial timeline,” the ministerial official said. “This is not a matter of speed but a matter of commitment, which is implemented in accordance with our national interests and laws.”Read also: Indonesia urges P5 to respect NPT commitmentAs the de facto leader of ASEAN, Indonesia is expected to shore up resources against global nuclear proliferation, which the bloc collectively agrees to oppose through the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) treaty.As a member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and a coordinator of its working group on disarmament and nonproliferation since 1994, Indonesia was among cosponsors of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly resolution to enforce the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Various observers have since called on Indonesia to make good on its advocacy.Topics :last_img read more

Fate of Ballast Water Convention to Be Decided at MEPC 71

first_imgIMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 71, due to gather in London in July, may well have the last chance to ensure that the long-delayed Ballast Water Convention is implemented when ships undergo their special surveys.This would ultimately decide whether the Convention’s requirements are finally fulfilled across the many thousands of ships which require ballast water treatment system installations.“It is a couple of minutes to midnight for this Convention,” Andrew Marshall, Coldharbour Chief Executive, said, adding that the outcome of this next MEPC meeting “will surely decide its fate.”The Coldharbour CEO reports that some flag states are now actively marketing a decoupling of the special survey, the time when practically all ballast water treatment system retrofit installations will take place, from renewal of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC).This is the point in time that IMO set as the trigger for system installations because the IOPPC renewal normally takes place during a ship’s special survey. Decoupling of the two events “is a cynical means of enabling ship owners to buy more time,” Marshall believes, which flies in the face of the IMO’s intentions.The Committee will discuss a two-year postponement of the Convention’s entry into force, which could prove helpful for the industry in several ways, Marshall said, however, he insists that any postponement must come as part of a package which sees shipboard treatment system installations timed to coincide with renewal of the IOPPC at the next special survey.“If a two-year postponement is agreed at MEPC 71, and the decoupling process is not stopped, the IMO’s most-delayed Convention will have no impact on many ships for possibly another seven years from today,” Marshall informed.“I urge delegates at MEPC 71 to take a strong line on these issues which will ultimately seal the fate of the Ballast Water Convention. As an industry, we must have an unambiguous timeline and a chance to see through the IMO’s best intentions to completion,” he concluded.last_img read more

TSB: SBI Carioca Refloated at High Tide

first_imgThe bulk carrier SBI Carioca, which ran aground around 8 am on October 11 off New Brunswick, was refloated with the help of two tugs at high tide in the evening hours the same day.The vessel is scheduled to dock at Belledune “sometime this morning,” Pierre Murray, Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada’s regional manager of operations for the Atlantic region, told World Maritime News.The 81,262 dwt bulk carrier did not report any pollution following the incident, nor any water ingress. Additionally, there were no reports of injuries to the ship’s crew.TSB’s team of investigators was deployed to the scene of the grounding some one nautical mile east of Belledune to gather information to determine the cause of the incident. Murray said that the ship’s voyage data recorder data will be downloaded and crew interviewed.SBI Carioca grounded on a shoal while it was on its way to the Belledune port from the US port of Norfolk, carrying a cargo of 65,000 metric tonnes of petroleum coke.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Colorado’s Democrat Governor: Legalising Pot Was ‘Reckless.’

first_imgThe Daily Signal 8 October 2014The top Democrat in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper, said Monday during a gubernatorial debate that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” His Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, agreed.According to The Huffington Post, Hickenlooper said, “I think for us to that that [legalize recreational use] without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”Hickenlooper is right and wrong.He is certainly correct, and gets credit for admitting that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado was reckless. As we have shown here, here, here and here, the negative social costs are proof positive that this radical experiment is not only reckless, but dangerous.But Hickenlooper is wrong that there is “not enough data.”As former Obama administration drug policy expert Kevin Sabet has said, the trope that marijuana is harmless and non-addictive is a myth. His book, “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” is a must-read for anyone who actually wants “the data.” read more

Long important for Baggies – Clarke

first_imgWest Brom boss Steve Clarke will sit down with Shane Long this week to emphasise the striker’s importance to the club despite their willingness to sell him on transfer deadline day. Press Association Sessegnon and Anichebe were joined by Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano and goalkeeper Lee Camp in signing for Albion on transfer deadline day and Clarke admits last week’s international break bought them some time to bed in. “This year the break came at a good time,” said the Scot, whose side have just one point from their first three Barclays Premier League games. “Last year we were a bit disappointed it came when it did because we had started well. This year we haven’t started well. “It’s nice to have got a little breather and done some good work in training, with a number of boys away on international duty. “It was a busy transfer deadline day when we brought in some new players to help the group and I’ve managed to have some of them around in training to start working towards what will hopefully be a successful season. “Since deadline day when we had Lee Camp, Morgan Amalfitano and Victor Anichebe come in and they’ve been able to train with the group, which is good. Stephane has been away with his country. “We’re definitely in a better place as a squad because the squad is stronger now. It’s competitive. Now we just need to get them working together and picking up points.” The Republic of Ireland international was on the verge of a move to Hull last Monday as Albion were busily acquiring Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon. According to West Brom, the move collapsed when Hull were unable to stand by their original offer for the player, leaving Long in limbo and still at The Hawthorns. Both Clarke and the club have been keen to make it clear that Long was not surplus to requirements and that the proposed deal simply made good business sense – and that the 26-year-old still has a big future at West Brom. “Shane Long is a very, very important member of our squad,” said the Baggies head coach. “I’ve always said that. I said it all through last season and ever since I came in. He’s here, and I’m delighted he’s here. “I spoke to him on deadline day but I haven’t spoken to him since because he’s been with his country and out of respect for them he has to concentrate and do what he has to do for Ireland. “He’ll come back from there and we will sit down to have a chat and work out how we go forward from here. “Shane has got a big contribution to make this season.” The general consensus is that Long is savvy enough to remain professional rather than taking the saga personally. “Only time will tell,” said Clarke. “We’ll sit down and talk about the situation. He’s here, he’s part of the side and he has a big part to play.” last_img read more

Mou: Diving Suarez showed wild side

first_img Press Association “But when the situation is like this and you are losing comes the nature of the player, the wild nature of the player or the cultural nature of the player. “Culturally people from that area (South America), they like it. It’s not (just) that area. There’s a corner in Europe where I belong to, that they also like (diving).” In responding to Mourinho, Liverpool boss Rodgers pointed out Eto’o was fortunate to still be on the pitch after catching Jordan Henderson with a poor challenge which led to Skrtel’s early goal. “He (Eto’o) should’ve been sent off,” Rodgers said. “I know we scored from it, but that was a wild challenge, where he’s raked down his knee and down his shin and didn’t even get a yellow card. “Luis will always provoke a challenge from defenders, that’s why he’s world class. “What he probably doesn’t expect is to provoke a challenge from someone who’s not involved in the contact. “He’s running to challenge Azpilicueta and Eto’o is street wise, he’s cute, he blocks him. On another day you could give that as a penalty, because it’s obstruction in the area. “Of course, he (Mourinho) will defend his player and I will defend mine.” Unlike following the loss to Manchester City, Rodgers had no complaints with Webb’s refereeing. Rodgers said: “He’s a top referee, Howard. I’ll stay calm today.” Chelsea have tended to rise to the occasion against bigger teams this season and did so once more to extend Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League record at home to 70 matches. The Portuguese set up his side to starve Suarez of opportunities and it worked. “The team did a very good job collectively,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese felt only one incident was worthy of a penalty in the game, when Hazard was tackled by Lucas Leiva in the first half. Hazard has now netted eight Premier League goals this season. Mourinho said: “The kid is giving everything. He was a very talented player, but he was a kid enjoying football in a funny way. Now he understands his responsibilities. I’m so happy with the kid.” Injuries to Ivanovic and Frank Lampard did little to sour Mourinho’s mood, although both will miss Wednesday’s match with Southampton and could face lengthier absences. Mourinho maintains Manchester City are the team to beat in the Premier League title race, but is pleased with his side’s position in the standings after a key win. “I think we deserved to win,” Mourinho said. Liverpool are six points behind Arsenal in fifth place despite being top of the league two games ago, but Rodgers believes his side can still challenge. “I think it’s open,” said the Reds boss. “Christmas Day eating our turkey we were top of the league. A few days and games later we’re fifth. I think that’s the way it will go between now and the end of the season. “I think it’s brilliant and it makes it really exciting.” Rodgers could be active when the transfer window opens on Wednesday, when his side play Hull. He added: “We’ve shown in the first 19 games this season that if we get players back, get some help in January with a few more players, we can be in the shake-up here. “Liverpool was never in the conversation for the last few years. At least now we’re being recognised in terms of what we’re trying to do and our work. “Hopefully we can add to it and get some depth to the group, because that is something that really helps you in the second part of the season.” Jose Mourinho criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for “doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump” and showing his “wild nature” in trying to win a penalty in Chelsea’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. In Suarez’s first match against Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage to win 2-1 and move two points behind leaders Arsenal. A frustrated Suarez felt he had been fouled by Samuel Eto’o in the penalty box, but Mourinho disagreed, making a diving gesture and insisting simulation must be outlawed from the British game. Mourinho said: “Suarez lost a duel with (Cesar) Azpilicueta, Azpilicueta has the ball and is leaving the box with the ball and now he’s doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try to get the penalty, because he’s so clever because he’s in the area where the Liverpool supporters behind. “But (referee Howard) Webb is 10 metres away. And I think the only mistake Webb did was not to give him a yellow card.” Television pundits insisted it was a spot-kick and Mourinho suggested there was a dearth of analysts with a Chelsea connection and joked that he would take a role in broadcasting following his management career. When pressed, Mourinho admitted there may have been contact between Eto’o and Suarez, “when the ball is 10 metres away with Azpilicueta”, even though he had earlier earlier stated that Suarez went down “like somebody shot him”. Suarez was praised by Mourinho in the build up, but was unable to score his 20th Premier League goal of the season on his 14th appearance as Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal was cancelled out by a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and Eto’o poked in a first-half winner. But Mourinho wants the Uruguayan to end his penchant for going to ground. “The player is amazing,” the Portuguese added. “He does everything to win and Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool manager) is doing a fantastic job on him because he’s changed. There’s no doubt that he’s changed. last_img read more

Chelsea too good for Hammers

first_img The Hammers boss had spoken of breaking down barriers, but compromised his enterprising tactics for a more pragmatic approach in a bid to frustrate Chelsea once again. The Blues, though, have a greater armoury than last term and threatened repeatedly before John Terry’s tap in after 31 minutes broke the deadlock. And Costa’s 13th goal of the season sealed victory and a ninth win from nine home games this term. The win might have been more convincing but for fine saves by Adrian to deny Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic. There was one moment of alarm for the Blues as West Ham substitute Morgan Amalfitano hit the post three minutes from time. Chelsea go to Southampton on Sunday looking to enter 2015 on top of the table. The Hammers, who lost for the second time in 12 games, host Arsenal in another test of their European ambitions. Allardyce, unfazed by the pre-match compliments from Mourinho over his new approach, tinkered with the diamond formation which has served him well this season, deploying a 4-2-3-1 set-up. The Hammers, who began the day in fourth place, have been transformed since being criticised by Jose Mourinho for playing “football from the 19th century” last season and joked on Twitter they had arrived at Stamford Bridge by horse and cart. Sam Allardyce believes that goalless draw was the turning point for his side to go from relegation candidates to European hopefuls after they achieved their highest Christmas position in nearly 30 years. Diego Costa was on target in a 2-0 win as Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea proved a barrier too far for West Ham. The hope was to be resilient and test the Blues on the counter attack, but in reality Andy Carroll became an increasingly isolated figure as the match wore on. The Blues looked for more guile following Monday’s 2-0 win at Stoke, with Oscar replacing John Obi Mikel. The Brazil playmaker should have scored inside five minutes. Carl Jenkinson watched Willian’s cross go by him and fall to Oscar, who ballooned his shot over from eight yards out. Cahill headed just over and then fired straight at Adrian from point-blank range. Hazard shared return passes with Willian and Oscar but the ball did not break for him in the box as Chelsea went close again. The Blues took the lead from the resulting corner, taken by Cesc Fabregas. Diego Costa headed the ball down for Terry to net from two yards. Matic curled narrowly wide and Costa’s deflected strike went wide before the striker shot over as Chelsea sought a second. Branislav Ivanovic and Carroll had a disagreement after the Chelsea defender went down in the box in search of a penalty, angering the Hammers before the interval and referee Michael Oliver was unmoved. West Ham had to be more forward-thinking in the second half, but it was Chelsea who went close to scoring again when Hazard stung the palms of Adrian. Willian curled a free-kick just over after Hazard was felled by Winston Reid and Allardyce had seen enough, readying Diafra Sakho and Alex Song for action. Carroll and Mark Noble made way, but no sooner had Sakho and Song entered the fray then Chelsea went 2-0 up. Cheikhou Kouyate lost out to Matic in midfield and Hazard picked up the ball, feeding Costa. The striker ran at West Ham’s retreating defence and shaped one way, tricking Jenkinson, Collins and Reid, before pushing the ball on to his left foot and shooting low across goal. Far from satisfied, Chelsea pushed for more. Adrian tipped over Oscar’s dipping free-kick and saved brilliantly to deny Matic following the resulting corner before Fabregas’ shot went narrowly wide. Song shot wide 11 minutes from time with a rare Hammers foray forward. There was another as the match entered stoppage time, but Amalfitano could only clip his effort on to the post after a mazy run as Chelsea triumphed. Press Associationlast_img read more